Health briefs: Acupuncturists planning grand opening

May 21, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A grand opening to introduce the new location of Family Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 29. The acupuncture practice moved to 5702-A Manatee Ave. W. in April.

"We have a bigger space and easier access for our patients," said clinic owner Guek Charest.

She and her husband, Steve Charest, are both acupuncturists and see patients at Family Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

There will be demonstrations of acupuncture during the open house.

"We're mainly going to work on the ears," said Guek Charest. A five-point protocol for acupuncture points on the ear is designed to relieve stress and improve wellbeing, she said.

Light refreshments and Chinese snacks will be served.

For information, call 941-545-7305.

Friedman recognized by Heart Rhythm Society

BRADENTON -- The Heart Rhythm Society has recognized Bradenton cardiologist Daniel E. Friedman as Distinguished Fellow of the organization.

Friedman, a physician at Bradenton Cardiology Center, is a specialist

in ablation, a procedure to correct abnormal heart rhythms.

Friedman is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology and electrophysiology. He joined Bradenton Cardiology Center in September 2012.

There are multiple forms of heart rhythm disorders but the most common is atrial fibrillation, which can occur without symptoms and increase the risk of stroke, said Friedman.

Overall, 3 percent of the population is affected by atrial fibrillation and it becomes more common with advanced age, he said. Five percent of people older than 50 are affected and that number rises to 10 percent past age 80.

Qualifications for the designation from the society include advanced training and certification in arrhythmia medicine.

Meditation techniques subject of workshop

SARASOTA -- A two-session workshop on using mindfulness mediation to dissolve anger and hurt is being offered 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 23 and 30 by the Sarasota Mindfulness Institute, 1530 Dolphin St.,

Betsy Nelson, a psychotherapist and meditation teacher, will speak about meditation techniques, what happens whenanger explodes, andhow meditation changes brain physiology to resolve painful long-held memories.

Analyzing and talking about a traumatic event won't make difficult feelings go away because of how emotional memory and videographic memory is stored in the brain, said Nelson.

Instead, putting attention on what is happening in the body leads to changes in the brain that finally put unresolved emotions and memories "in the done file," said Nelson.

Mindfulness meditation is a way to focus that kind of attention and can be learned through practice.

Cost of the workshopis $20 for both sessions. For more information, email info@sarasotamindfulness.org.

Sarasota library hostsfree HIV event

SARASOTA -- CaresOutreach Services will show the 2006 documentary "Out of Control:AIDS in Black America" at an event offeringfree HIV screenings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at the North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd..

"It's a powerful movie," said Michael Kehoe, head of Cares Outreach Services.

"It explains how the African-American community is disproportionately affected by HIV."

The Manatee County Department of Health is assisting in the event, where speakers from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties will speak about HIV and AIDs and answer questions.

Free testing for HIV also will be available.

The event is free. For more information, call 941-365-5926.

Susan Hemmingway, Herald health correspondent, can be reached at shemmingway@hotmail.com.

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